Wednesday, April 11, 2012
JoAnne Ilene Sloane Evans
Birth: May 4, 1930
Death: Aug. 24, 2006
JoAnne had an inner spirit of full kindness, caring, and giving that touched everyone she knew. She was a loving mother of 4 children.
JoAnne's parents moved to Des Moines when she was about 12. It was then she met Conrad William Scott,(Bill). They enjoyed spending time together and became good friends. They dated as teens until Bill's family moved away to California.
JoAnne married Cecil Dean Shafer, a cook in the army. They had a son Roy Dean Shafer. JoAnne went to school to and became a beautician. Dean was stationed in Witchita Falls,Texas when Roy Dean was struck with polio. JoAnne's mother, Ethel SLoane, came to Texas to the hospital and helped care for the many sick children there. When Roy Dean recovered enough to come home, Ethel brought JoAnne and Roy Dean back to Des Moines. JoAnne and Roy Dean moved back with her parent's, Ethel & Roy Sloane. They helped her care for Roy Dean. Cecil and Joanne divorced and she went to work at Firestone Tire Factory in an effort to provide for Roy Deans medical needs.
Some time after returning to Des Moines JoAnne, her friend Bill contacted her and told her he would return to Iowa. Bill did come home and went to work at Maytag in newton. They rekindled their friendship and then fell in love. Bill made sure JoAnne made it safely to work and home(she worked nights), and would take Roy Dean and JoAnne to movies and out to eat. JoAnne and Roy Dean enjoyed the times they spent with Bill. Bill bought JoAnne a beautiful ring and asked her to marry him. It was very difficult when Bill was called to war and trained as a Marine to go to Korea. Bill wrote to JoAnne and her family nearly every chance he could. It was a heart break that would never truely mend when JoAnne received the letter from Bill's commanding officer. PFC Conrad William Scott was missing in action and would not come home to marry JoAnne. She decorated his memorial marker for 53 years. The last time she visited his grave, the cancer she was fighting made her unable to stand and place the wreath herself.
After loosing Bill JoAnne married and later had a daughter Tamarra Lynn Evans, another son, David Rene Evans, and another Daughter Elizabeth Anne Evans.
JoAnne continued to work the night shift in order to be thewre for her children and then retired from Firestone Tire & Rubber Co after 32 years of faithful service. In the 32 years none of JoAnne's co workers heard her swear or act unladylike. She never shared any of her grief only her pride in her 4 children.
JoAnne made friends easily as she loved people. JoAnne celebrated her 75th Birthday at a party with nearly 100 of her friends and family. She proudly introduced her children and the table of ladies who she became friends in elementary school and maintained life long friendships with. (The ladies still get together for breakfast once a month, after 70yrs of friendship)
JoAnne remained married to her children's abusive father for 47 years. Only in her last 6 months on this earth was she able to escape his control and be free of the heartless man who made her suffer greatly.
JoAnne loved to collect dolls and Moon & Star glassware. She enjoyed attending doll shows, auctions and flea markets, hoping to find her treasures. JoAnne truely enjoyed people and always had a smile. She had great sense of humor she shared once she got to know you. She was a proud member of the DAR,(Daughters of the American Revolution), Eastern Star and joined the Marine Corps Ladies Auxilary in Bill's honor.
JoAnne Evans is so terribly missed by so many. She is free at last to be loved and cherished by her true love, Bill. She said he was waiting for her, with her momma and dad, and her son Roy Dean. Heaven is now where she is waiting, and watching over us. Thank you God for giving us JoAnne ! 5/4/1930-8/24/2006 76 years of her giving of herself.
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
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Created by: elizabeth evans
Record added: Feb 24, 2007
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